Popei Ioan

Popei Ioan

Piatra-Neamt, Neamt, Romania

About Popei Ioan

Ioan Popei was born in Agapia, Neamt county, Romania, on July 15th, 1954. His first exhibition was in Piatra Neamt in 1985. His religious icons were very well received abroad also, in France, Holland, UK, Belgium and Australia. As every other mystery, Popei's one is simple: faith and a leaning towards the depth of the being, there where the limitless creative powers come from. Ioan Popei does not paint icons, he prays. Ioan Popei is a free artist!

About Ioan's oil paintings:
"As for panel painting,the painter Ioan Popei uses the therapeutical quality of colors, irrespective of the chosen themes.The artist makes me think that probably he himself is charmed by his own paintings"
The art critic and Counsellor of the
Department of Culture and Art of Piatra Neamt,
- Professor Lucian Strochi -


I have tried, and I always try to perfect myself in plastic art. but my interest in everything I created was to impress my obsession with painting ... so I often changed my ideas about what plastic creation means. So I approached many techniques and styles with the hope that I will be pleased. Now I have simplified almost everything, stopping me from the idea that a painting has to provoke a state. So my works have become very minimalist. At this time cosider that painting must be "healing"! ... that is the therapeutics.
-Ioan Popei

Education

School of Arts-P-Neamt, 1975 promotion. Individual Art Studies in the Netherlands-1995. Studies of classical, religious, impresionist, abstract, minimalist painting until 2010.

Events

Honors and Awards:
- First prize for the best portrait
- The Great Award of the Botosani Creation Camp
- The prize for portraits - The Arthur Verona Competition
- First prize for the best landscape oil painting Sibiu
- First prize for the best colourist - Romania

Exhibitions

1985 - 20019 - Exhibitions in Romania
1991 - United Kingdom
1992 - Bayonne in France
1995 - Rotterdam in Holland
1996 - Ridderkerk in Holland
1997 - Den Hag in Holland
1998 - Den Hag in Holland
1999 - Melbourne in Australia
2000 - Rotterdam in Holland
2001-2002 - Vienna in Austria
2003 - Munchen in Germany
2005-2012 - Romania
2011 - London, UK 2015- Iasi-Romania
2014-2016-2019 -Bratislava -2019- Iasi-Romania
-About Ioan's oil paintings:
"As for panel painting,the painter Ioan Popei uses the therapeutical quality of colors, irrespective of the chosen themes.The artist makes me think that probably he himself is charmed by his own paintings"
-The art critic and Counsellor of the
Department of Culture and Art of Piatra Neamt,
-Professor Lucian Strochi